The Global Soldier Modernization Market 2012–2022

Lon­don, June, 2012 – The sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion mar­ket con­sists of five sys­tem cat­e­gories: C4ISR based sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems, Mobil­i­ty based sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems, Lethal­i­ty based sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems, Sur­viv­abil­i­ty based sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty based sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems. The val­ue of the mar­ket is expect­ed to increase at a CAGR of 3.07% dur­ing the fore­cast peri­od (ref­er­ence see graph below).

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Demand for tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion equip­ment is antic­i­pat­ed to rise in the fore­cast peri­od

The glob­al defense indus­try is invest­ing sig­nif­i­cant­ly in R&D in an effort to increase the capa­bil­i­ties of mod­ern sol­diers. This has led to the devel­op­ment of new and ground break­ing sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion tech­nolo­gies which have enhanced the sur­viv­abil­i­ty, lethal­i­ty, mobil­i­ty and equip­ment sus­tain­abil­i­ty capa­bil­i­ties of the indi­vid­ual sol­dier. Cur­rent inno­va­tions are ori­ent­ed towards inte­grat­ing infor­ma­tion flow from var­i­ous com­mand sta­tions into a sin­gle mod­ule while incor­po­rat­ing the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed by indi­vid­ual sol­diers on the field so as to aid the deci­sion mak­ing capa­bil­i­ties of infantry bat­tal­ions. The high­est defense spend­ing coun­tries are now focus­ing on build­ing small­er infantries with enhanced sur­viv­abil­i­ty and lethal­i­ty in order to derive max­i­mum effec­tive­ness from troop deploy­ment. This has led coun­tries like the US, the UK and France to invest in equip­ment such as Buf­fa­lo Mine Pro­tect­ed Clear­ance Vehi­cles, Vehi­cle Optics Sen­sor Sys­tems (VOSS) and Joint Impro­vised Explo­sive Device Defeat Devices.

Defense bud­get cuts and the glob­al eco­nom­ic cri­sis not expect­ed to affect growth of the glob­al sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion mar­ket

The glob­al eco­nom­ic slow­down has reduced the defense bud­gets of most lead­ing spenders in the world, includ­ing the US, France, Ger­many and the UK. These coun­tries have cut back spend­ing in var­i­ous defense sec­tors such as space, air­craft and vehi­cles. Con­verse­ly, they have divert­ed funds towards sec­tors where rapid tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment and deploy­ment is pos­si­ble such as sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion, C4ISR and cyber war­fare. High growth mar­kets such as the BRIC nations have been for­mu­lat­ing con­tin­u­ous pro­grams to pro­cure the lat­est sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion sys­tems and have been invest­ing exten­sive­ly on R&D for the past 5 years. With con­tin­u­ous evo­lu­tion and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ments tak­ing place in the sol­dier mod­ern­iza­tion domain, this trend is expect­ed to con­tin­ue through­out the fore­cast peri­od.

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